M.J. Ryan is the author of a new book called The Happiness Makeover. And she says unfortunately, we often beat ourselves up when we make a mistake. But that's something that we've LEARNED to do over time. The truth is - we're biologically wired to accept our mistakes!
Take, for example, a baby who's trying to learn how to walk. When the baby falls, it doesn't think "Oh I'm so stupid! I'll never get this right!" Instead, it gets right back up. That's because a child's brain keeps track of their successes and lets go of their failures. And these successes motivate them. That's how they're able to learn!
But when we become adults, we punish ourselves for not getting things right the first time around. And this stops us from moving forward. If we would have done this as kids, we'd all still be sitting around sucking our thumbs.
The moral here? Mistakes are the building blocks of progress. So when you fall flat on your face, congratulate yourself! You're now one step closer to what you want!